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Leonardo DiCaprio and Matt Damon Hijacked the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

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Leonardo DiCaprio and Matt Damon Hijacked the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

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A-List bros Leonardo DiCaprio and Matt Damon are the latest big-time movie stars to take the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, and they both took the opportunity to co-opt the ritual for their own special causes. DiCaprio, an ardent environmentalist when he’s not busy burning a hole through the ocean on his yacht, was in Alberta with Darren Aronofsky learning about the Canadian tar sands and how the petroleum industry’s drilling in that region is affecting the people, wildlife, and climate. DiCaprio and his First Nation friends challenged some big oil assholes and the Canadian Prime Minister, Stephen Harper, also an asshole:

 

Matt Damon took a more low-key approach but for no less a cause. Some have complained that the Ice Bucket Challenge represents a blatant waste of clean water in a world where so many people don’t have access to it. According to Damon, who co-founded Water.org, that number is something like 800 million. So Damon went around his house collecting toilet water, which he then proceeded to dump on himself, as one does in these videos. His nominations? His favorite actor, his favorite musician, and the greatest quarterback if all time.